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and the cruiser he was driving went off the road into a ditch. it happened on interstate 95. details continue command about what happened and the officers in the crash. we're live at hospital with the latest >> we just witnessed a very somber scene. you can see these police officers standing here. a little while ago there were perhaps 100 of them. the blocks the cameras with an ambulance. they stood at added jet -- at attention as the body of a fallen comrade was to be taken presumably to a funeral home. very sad indeed. >> four hours dozens and dozens of police officers stayed together at the hospital in a show of support. a 23-year-old, 2.5-year veteran they have known since he was a
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teenager and an explorer in the district. >> it shows the dedication and courage of these officers. i'm very proud of them. >> the officer and his 1-year veteran partner were on a call when they spotted a vehicle with a suspect in it. the suspect ran. one witness said the acura intentionally swerved toward the police car. >> the vehicle swerved and the police car ended up in a ditch. the acura just kept it on purpose? >> oh, no doubt. >> the other officer that was trapped vasquez offered what comfort he could. >> he was the driver. he got thrown from the vehicle.
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>> the police are calling for help. >> give us a call. call crimestoppers directly. >> i hope they catch him and put him away for life. >> the second officer in akron jury's also young. he has only been on the force for about one year. he suffered multiple injuries, but is expected to survive. >> we are going to follow this story throughout the night with a team coverage on abc7 news at 11:00 p.m. will continually updating formation on our home page of our website wjla.com. >> another frightening crash today. this one was in silver spring and involved a rideon buses. police say the bus was trying to make a right turn onto averell
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drive when it hit a parked taxicab and ran into the house. nine people on the bus including the driver, suffered minor injuries, but no one inside the house was hurt. >> also developing tonight, a new retrial when a culpepper man had his life sentence overturned. michael wayne hash served a 12- year sentence before it was overturned. for now, he will stay free. >> short of being exaggerated this was about the best outcome he could have hoped for. after a six-month investigation the murder charge against him has been dropped. now he will wear main a free man. prosecutors say they will continue to investigate. >> for michael hash and his family embraces, tears, and freedom. >> i am innocent. there has never been any credible evidence against me. >> today the prosecution
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decided to drop a murder charge against him in connection with a 1996 death of an elderly culpepper woman. >> i did not have enough evidence to believe he could again this with out -- beyond a reasonable doubt. >> in march, he was freed after serving 12 years. a federal judge tossed out the conviction citing coerced and false testimony from a co- defendant. >> there are not enough words to say how happy i am. i have waited so long. >> the witness said the details of the murder were given to him by culpepper authorities. one of those officers, now the cold -- the culpepper has denied wrongdoing. >> nothing in the investigation was unethical and i have nothing to hide. >> we have started from scratch and will continue to work hard until we solve it. >> hash is now free to travel out of state.
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a civil lawsuit is not a priority, he said, but he is considering going into the law profession. >> hash says a weekly apologized for falsely i ted -- falsely testifying before in the -- against him. for now michael hatch is a free man. >> these ms. modeane -- the smithsonian hershhorn museum was closed today after a guard shot himself around 3:00 p.m. this afternoon in a locker room in the basement of the modern art museum. officials say visitors did not witnessed the shooting and no one else was hurt. police are investigating. >> turning out to vote 2012. mitt romney and paul ryan met at 4 mitt romney's 100th town
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hall meeting. they met at the college to talk about tuition inflation. they said it college graduates have to have good jobs at of them to help pay off their student loans. mitt romney is now heading for new orleans and ryan left that area to go to pittsburgh. in the meantime, the president was in washington today where he spoke out about the controversial congressman's statement about rape. he said it was offensive and that's congressman should not be making decisions on behalf of women about their health care. >> maryland gov. mark nowak malley and former governor of virginia -- martin o'malley and former governor of virginia tim kaine will be speaking at the democratic national convention in charlotte, north carolina. >> it is reported that more than
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20 people took part in its late- night swim, that included drinking. more than one dozen sources said there were eyewitnesses. the fbi investigation did not result in any formal charges of wrongdoing. >> still to come, the room -- the new record for gas. your wallet will not be happy. >> plus, we will tell you why the nation's largest retailer is getting ready for shoppers at the holidays. >> how would you like a dinosaur footprints in your backyard? it just happened. >> showers that have been slowly coming our way are still coming.
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i'm barack obama and i approve this message now mitt romney's attacking the president on medicare? the nonpartisan a-a-r-p says obamacare "cracks down on medicare fraud, waste, and abuse and strengthens guaranteed benefits." and the ryanlan? a-a-r-p says it would undermine medicare and could lead to higher costs for seniors... and experts say ryan's voucher plan could raise future retirees costs more than six thousand dollars. get the facts.
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[ male annououncer ] since 1996 welfare recipients were required to work. this bipartisan reform successfully reduced welfare rolls. on july 12th president obama quietly ended the work requirement... gutting welfare reform. one of the most respected newspapers in america called it, "nuts!" saying, "if you want to get more peoplto work, "you don't loosen the
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requirements -- you tighten them." mitt romney's plan for a stronger middle class will put work back iwelfare. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approve this message. >> gas prices may be a little lower now than they have in the past, but they may end up setting a record for the year. >> as gas prices approach $4 once again in the district, this coming year may be the year you spend more money for gas than any other year. the national average today is $3.72 per cent per gallon.
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>> more good news for facebook's ileana stock. it has now -- ailing stock. it has now dropped below $19 per share. investigators are now -- investors are now worried about their ability to earn revenue quickly, especially when it comes to mobile advertising dollars. >> wal-mart is expanding its popular layaway program for the holiday season. the retail giant said the program was a huge success lies year and this time around, they will give shoppers and act -- a huge success last year, and this time around they will give shoppers an extra month. layaway will begin september 16 and end on december 14. >> coming up, see what has been discovered and a nasa seen in
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maryland. correct and we have a look back at who might see some rain after the break. >> the redskins have good news. for presence, it is all relative. or four cousins, it is all relati [ male announcer ] you paid in to medicare for years. every paycheck. now, when you need it obama has cut $716 billioion dollars from medicare. why? to pay for obamacare. so now the money you
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paid for your guaranteed healthcare is going to a massive w government program that's not for you. the romney-ryan plan protects medicare benefits for today's seniors and strengthens the plan an for the next generation. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approve this message.
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>> how would you like to find a dinosaur footprint in your backyard? >> better that than the dinosaur. [laughter] apparently, experts say this sign is true. ben is there a explains what it could mean. >> it is a pretty wonderful experience to come across something that is 112 million years old. >> he just made a thrilling discovery. he found what he and others believe is a dinosaur footprint. he identified it. >> i would compare it to a tank on four feet. they were very large and well armored. >> of the eight plants and their feet were about as big as an
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elephant's. stanford has found the fossils in the area before, as well as remnants of 20 other-4 -- dinosaur species. >> the agency also believes the print is real and will bring in its only -- its own agents to confirm it. nasa has not found any other dinosaur tracks on its campuses. >> it is pretty spectacular. of course they did not want to disclose the exact location of the print, but that it was found in plain sight. they just did not know what to look for. >> i love the idea of a dinosaur print found in space while searching for life. >> it is fines like this that help put things into perspective. and through the past, teach us how to approach the future.
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>> it may give us the ability to take better care of ourselves. >> amazing. >> a wonderful story. >> complaining about the commute even back then. >> absolutely. >> a cloudy day today. >> and some showers once again. we could have used some showers during that really long dry. -- dry spell. in some spots half an inch of rain today. i temperature today, 82 degrees. and alex just told me it has been almost a month since we had two dates back to back with a temperature a little bit below
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average. right now, 79 degrees in washington. at hagerstown, 65 degrees. look at how much rain has fallen in the last 48 hours. in some spots, as a matter of fact, northwest washington had more than an inch of rain yesterday in just a brief time frame. it is slowly moving into different parts of baltimore. certainly, nothing severe coming in around damascus and then it extends to the south. all of this will be breaking up as we go through the next few hours. still some lingering showers. look at how much rain has fallen in manassass. it was a moderate rain shower and it really does not the temperature down.
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63 degrees there. 65 at johnson middle school. and also out here, the tropics are beginning to get a bit more active. there are a couple of tropical systems that before the weekend is out will probably have names. for all of us along the shore, a little bit of an easterly breeze. we may see some afternoon showers pop up tomorrow. the temperatures will be in the mid 80's. no threats for the outer banks or spot like that. there could be a stray afternoon shower thundershower. it tore the weekend, more sunshine and temperatures still below 90 degrees. >> the toyota sports desk brought to you by your local toyota dealers. moving you forward. >> it looks like this is the
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time when the braves make their mark. >> this is fun, isn't it? >> in the first pennant race since moving from montreal to washington. the playoffs start october 4 and the national's lead by about five games. the players understand the magnitude of what they're doing. the best record in all of baseball for a good portion of the season. now they are one of the favorites to be in the world series. you would think they have butterflies the size of the goals, but not so much. -- the size of the goals -- eagles but not so much. >> we are in our own ballpark and we are excited. >> we are still a month and a half away, but it is a series that means something in late august, which is cool for everyone involved. >> absolutely. george zimmerman hit pitching
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for washington and tim hudson for the braves. saturday night, this guy went down hard and in pain. the mri has come back negative. he has been thrilled today. the injury is not as 6 -- as serious as he expected. he expects to be back for a september opening night in new orleans. >> the good thing was that it did not come back in that way. the garden is not getting built up in it. >> meanwhile the one who has everyone talking is the rookie quarterback curt cousins. rg iii was sacked three times. but robert griffin is a great guy and a great player.
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>> it was great to come away from the city and feeling good about what we were able to do in the second half. you watch the film and it is not as good as you think it is. i want to stay humble. >> how about mark martin for racing fans? he led for 54 laps. then his car are granted. got -- than his car got rear ended. he is lucky to be alive. he hit the wall right behind his seat. he could have been crushed. it crossed the center part of his car. the good news is that he is ok. and finally to the miami dolphins. a look at their regular quarterback.
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he is the first rookie to start for the dolphins. >> first ever.
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[ male announcer ] you paid in to medicare for years. every paycheck. now, when you need it obama has cut $716 billion dollars from medicare. why? to pay for obamacare. so now the money you paid for your guaranteed healthcare is going to a massive new government program that's not
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for you. the romney-ryan plan protects medicare benefits for today's seniors and strengthens the plan for the next generation. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approve this message. >> we could use a little more rain. >> yes, indeed. and take the umbrella. it is getting closer and closer. almost to northwest washington. in the next couple of hours it will move over to prince george's county into charles county. and tomorrow afternoon it may happen all over again. captioned by the national capti >> i like the way you against your way around that.
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he's made his choice. but what choices will women be left with? just like mitt romney, paul ryan would get rid of planned parenthood funding. in congress, ryan voted to ban all federal funding for planned parenthood and allow employers to deny women access to cancer screenings and
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birth control. and both romney and ryan backed proposals to outlaw abortion even in casess of rape and incest. for women... for president... the choice is ours. i'm barack obama, and i approve this message. [ male announcer ] since 1996 welfare recipients were required to work. this bipartisan reform successfully reduce welfare rolls. on july 12th presidenobama quietly ended the work requirement. gutting welfare reform. one of the most respected newspapers in america called it, "nuts!" saying, "if you want to get more people to work, "you don't loosen the requirements -- you tighten them." mitt romney's plan for a stronge

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